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Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2018

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

The call for the 2018 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship applications is now open. To be eligible for this fellowship, you must have submitted your PhD thesis no later than 4pm on 01 March 2018 and no earlier than 01 March 2014, unless you have had a career break. The Leverhulme Trust offers an award of up to £25,000 per annum for 3 years to cover half a postdoctoral salary, plus up to £6,000 per annum for research expenses. See for full details. The Leverhulme Trust deadline for applications is 01 March 2018.

The Department will put forward up to three applications for consideration for the required match salary funding. The Isaac Newton Trust (INT) provides match salary funding for University of Cambridge applicants. The deadline to the INT is 15 January 2018. Up to three applications can be submitted to the INT from each ranking unit. All applicants wishing to be hosted by the Department of Archaeology should email their applications to Sophia Caldwell ( by 4.00pm on Tuesday 02 January 2018. Applications will then be ranked by a departmental panel.

Your application for the internal competition should consist of:

  • a cover sheet
  • a brief c.v. (not exceeding two sides), and
  • a draft of the three items required for the Leverhulme application:
  1. a list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  2. a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words) and
  3. a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides).
  • Two letters of reference are needed, of which one should come from outside Cambridge.

Candidates are eligible for the Leverhulme competition only if:

  • they have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK University or comparable UK institution;
  • they will have submitted their PhD no earlier than 01 March 2014 (unless they have had a career break) and not later than 4pm on 1 March 2018;
  • they currently either hold a degree from a UK HEI or at the time of application hold an academic position (eg fixed-term fellowship) in the UK.

 Full instructions for the INT submission can be found here

 If you have any questions about the application process please email Sophia Caldwell (

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